The Wild

The Wild

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Ecologist and award-winning filmmaker Chris Morgan uncovers the surprising connections we share with animals and the wild around us.


WILD BITES: How can arctic squirrels help us get to mars?
Aug 11 • 13 min
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. A neuroscientist in Alaska has been studying hibernation in arctic squirrels. Now NASA is looking at her research to see if it can…
Bear News: An interview with Chris Morgan
Jul 28 • 9 min
July has been a busy month for bears including a government decision not to restore grizzly bears in the North Cascades in Washington state. If you’re a regular listener to THE WILD you’ll know I’ve spent a lot of years working for these bears. It’s an…
Animal Psychology and How to Stay Safe in the Wild (From season 1)
Jun 30 • 24 min
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. When you’re outside hiking or camping and you encounter an animal, it’s important to understand what’s going on from the animal’s…
The Wolf Ranger
Jun 16 • 31 min
There is probably no other species in North America that elicits more division than wolves. The sides usually come down to ranchers who fear for their cattle and environmentalists who fear the extinction of an animal that they value. ‘I found a current…
The Power of Poop
Jun 2 • 28 min
I love scat. Excrement, feces, poop…call it what you will, when you’re a wildlife guy this stuff is a goldmine of information. There’s even a technical term for the study of it - scatology. Out in the wilderness, it’s the best way to track an animal and…
How to Bring Back a Scottish Forest
May 19 • 29 min
One man in Scotland is on a mission. He wants to rewild the Scottish Highlands. His plan includes planting more than a million trees. But it is not just about the trees, it is about a whole ecosystem that comes with a forest…perhaps someday even including…
Owls: Nature’s Hunting Machine
May 5 • 28 min
It takes a lot of resources to produce these stories. If you are able, I’d like you to consider making a donation of any size to help support this work. Find out more information at our donation page. When Europeans first came to North America centuries…
Sidedoor - Alexander von Humboldt
Apr 28 • 30 min
We’ll be back next week with a new episode, but this week we wanted to share an episode from one of our favorite podcasts called Sidedoor. Sidedoor is brought to you by the Smithsonian Institution. This episode caught our attention because it is about one…
So, you’ve caught a cougar. Now what? (Tech 2)
Apr 14 • 33 min
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. As technology has advanced in the research community, scientists are now faced with an ironic issue: they have become so overwhelmed with data that it…
How to Catch a Cougar (Tech 1)
Apr 7 • 28 min
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. Over the years the ways that researchers have used technology to study animals have changed dramatically. Just a few decades ago, scientists would tie…
The Ancient Wild
Mar 31 • 28 min
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. When we talk about the wild in North America, the narrative is usually from the perspective of white European settlers. But the wild of this amazing…
Finding Peace in the Silence
Mar 24 • 31 min
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. These are strange times for all of us…..unknown territory……it’s only reasonable that we’re all worried - a global pandemic is a huge concern. We’ve…
The Wildlife Superdog
Mar 17 • 30 min
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. Karelian Bear Dogs were bred in Finland hundreds of years ago for hunting everything from bears to moose. Now, ironically, they are being used to save…
The Secret Life of Trees
Mar 10 • 24 min
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. When you walk through a forest and enjoy the beauty of the trees towering above, there is a giant social network pulsing just below your feet.…
Richard Louv and our Connection with Animals
Mar 3 • 25 min
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information at our donation page. As our society moved from the Industrial Revolution to the Information Age we now live in a time of constant interruption. In spite of social media…
A River Runs Through It…Once Again
Feb 25 • 29 min
Consider supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information on our donation page. When the Elwha dam was completed in 1913, it brought hydroelectricity and economic progress to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state at a steep…
Return to Svalbard
Feb 18 • 27 min
Considering supporting The Wild by making a financial gift. Find out more information on our donation page. This summer, I returned to the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, famous for polar bears, walruses and migratory birds. It’s been 13 years…
Season 2 Preview
Jan 28 • 3 min
Ecologist and award-winning filmmaker Chris Morgan kicks off Season 2 with more adventures in the wild. He takes listeners across the Pacific Northwest and around the world to explore wildlife, the complex web of ecosystems they inhabit, and the colorful…
Stories from the Wild, Part 2
Dec 10, 2019 • 48 min
Earlier this fall, we did a stories from the wild event in Seattle. Just to give you all a little background on how this night came together. We were finishing up the first season of THE WILD this summer and we wanted to do something fun and get people…
Stories from The Wild, Part 1
Dec 10, 2019 • 37 min
Earlier this fall, we did a stories from the wild event in Seattle. Just to give you all a little background on how this night came together. We were finishing up the first season of THE WILD this summer and we wanted to do something fun and get people…
BONUS - Learning to listen with Gordon Hempton
Nov 12, 2019 • 12 min
Gordon Hempton has spent his entire career trying to answer that question. You may remember Gordon from our earlier episode about searching for silence. We headed out to the wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula, to the Hoh Rainforest, looking for what…
BONUS - Jeff Wilson and Mark Smith Full Interview
Oct 8, 2019 • 59 min
Filmmakers Jeff Wilson and Mark Smith spent four months in a tiny shack in the Antarctic documenting a colony of 500,000 Adelie penguins. They endured 130 mile hour winds, sub-zero temperatures and penguin poop…lots of penguin poop. This is an uncut…
Florence Williams - Full Interview
Sep 10, 2019 • 20 min
You may remember Florence Williams from our episode on Forest Bathing. Florence is a journalist and author. She wrote an article in Outside Magazine about the benefits of time spent in nature. She has expanded that article into a book. The book is titled,…
Ben Goldfarb - Full Interview
Aug 20, 2019 • 29 min
What does the smell of motor oil, vanilla ice cream, and parachutes have in common? A little aquatic rodent known as the beaver. We are hard at work on season 2 of The Wild. But in the meantime, we thought we’d share an earlier interview that we did for…
The Great Bear Rainforest - Live in Seattle
Jul 23, 2019 • 29 min
Did you know that there is a group of rare white bears that live in Canada? These bears are completely white. But these aren’t polar bears. And they aren’t albino. They are actually black bears with a genetic mutation that makes them white. They are known…
The Quietest Place on Earth
Jun 18, 2019 • 30 min
If you are enjoying The Wild and want us to keep on making more episodes, we could really use your help. Please take a few minutes to fill out our listener survey. We’d love to get your thoughts. Thanks! A lot of time we go to nature to find silence, to…
Waiting for Penguins
Jun 11, 2019 • 30 min
If you are enjoying The Wild and want us to keep on making more episodes, we could really use your help. Please take a few minutes to fill out our listener survey. We’d love to get your thoughts. Thanks! Filmmakers Jeff Wilson and Mark Smith spent four…
Guns, Bombs and Sea Lions
Jun 4, 2019 • 16 min
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. In the 1800’s over 10 million salmon would return to the Columbia River that borders Washington and Oregon. Today that number is…
The ‘Ghost Bears’ of Washington State
May 28, 2019 • 23 min
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. Two hundred years ago grizzly bears roamed the North Cascades, but today there are less than twenty, maybe even just one or two.…
Chris Sees a Forest Therapist
May 21, 2019 • 21 min
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. Nature can lower your blood pressure, reduce depression and may even help fight cancer. Chris takes a walk in woods with forest…
50 Bears, 2 Hours from Rome
May 14, 2019 • 30 min
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. Italy’s Lazio e Molise National Park, just two hours outside of Rome, has an incredible variety of wildlife: wolves, boar, red…
Animal Psychology and How to Stay Safe in the Wild
May 7, 2019 • 24 min
Learn how you can support The Wild and can get early access to new episodes and bonus content by going to our donation page. When you’re outside hiking or camping and you encounter an animal, it’s important to understand what’s going on from the animal’s…
A Siberian Tiger Named Bloody Mary
Apr 30, 2019 • 19 min
No one had filmed Siberian tigers before Sooyong Park. There are only about 500 of the big cats left in the wildest part of eastern Russia. On this episode, Chris Morgan will take us to Siberia with Park and show the dedication needed to catch a glimpse…
Leave it to beavers. Seriously.
Apr 23, 2019 • 25 min
On this episode we’ll learn how the mighty beaver has reshaped the landscape of America, had a role in politics and may help us adapt to climate change. To learn how you can listen to The Wild episodes in advance and bonus material trek on over to our…
Return of Ze Big Bad Wolf
Apr 16, 2019 • 26 min
Wars and man have pushed wolves out of Germany since the early 1900s but in 2000 they started coming back. In a process called rewilding wolves increasing in number, finding refuge among the dilapidated military bases strewn across the German countryside.
How to Catch a Grizzly
Apr 9, 2019 • 17 min
On a research trip in the Canadian Rockies Chris helps a biologist friend capture and release a grizzly. This was part of a research program to better understand what grizzlies need to survive by tracking their health, movements and mating habits.
A Cougar Walks Into Your Backyard…
Apr 2, 2019 • 25 min
A cougar biologist with Washington state once received a complaint. An old lady called him up and said, “There’s a cougar in my backyard.” And the biologist responded, “Well, that’s funny because I got a call this morning from a cougar. He told me there’s…
Season 1 Preview
Mar 6, 2019 • 1 min
Ecologist and award-winning filmmaker Chris Morgan uncovers the surprising connections we share with animals and the wild around us. Taking listeners around the world to Italy, Germany and Chris’ own back yard in the Pacific Northwest, The Wild explores…